16th Aug 2008
Hopefully you all saw my post below and you sent an email to those who would raise child support w/out consideration for the second families:
Now we need you to appear in person. We need you, your kids, your husband, your in laws, and the rest of your family to come protest what is going on with regards to family court and child support. There aren’t that many chances to get in front of the Director of DSHS, his minions, WA state senators, and all those who are for and against the corrupt “system” here but THIS IS IT! Please, please come. Our strength is in numbers. I went to one of these public meetings a few years ago and it was amazing! We were able to head off an increase in child support and we can do it again with your help!
THE STATE OF WASHINGTON WANTS TO RAISE YOUR CHILD SUPPORT
Come To an Important Meeting and Let Your Voice Be Heard
As if the economy isn’t already bad enough, non custodial parents are now being threatened with drastic child support increases this year. Child support payors have the opportunity to have their voices heard in a public meeting to discuss the Washington State Child Support Schedule and how it affects them and their families. If you are a Non Custodial Paying parent (or wife or child of) can you afford a 40% increase in your monthly child support payments?
The Child Support Schedule Workgroup, established by the Washington State Legislature, is holding a meeting to hear comments, suggestions, and ideas. They need to know where payors stand on this issue; otherwise, they will press forward with their agenda of passing laws which will increase payments and financial burdens of the paying parents.
It causes stress and costs time, money and missed wages to have child support set or to combat increases by DSHS in court, but your chance to make your voice heard and to stop this continued state sponsored attachment of a parent’s hard earned income. Take this opportunity to make recommendations for the schedule or to make other suggestions for changes to child support laws.
Public input meetings will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm:
Saturday, September 13, 2008 at the Hilton Airport Hotel, 301 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 (Tel. 360-993-4500)
Saturday, September 27, 2008 at the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport 18740 International Boulevard, Sea Tac, WA 98188 (Tel. 206-246-8600)
To obtain more information about the Support Schedule Workgroup, examine a list of 14 issues, or submit comments, go to:
16th Aug 2008
I sent the below to Glenn Sacks recently.
I’ve been watching Phelps for years. His mom is NOT athletic looking AT ALL. I’ve been pondering how he became an uber-athlete from a mother like her. (If you study the athletes many of them have one or two very athletic parents, college athletes, former Olympians, etc.) She’s not tall, or svelte like he is. If she swims, its not apparent, she’s more like a pumpkin or an apple. Not willowy. (No offense, just a fact.)
So I started searching for Phelp’s father. There has been literally NO mention of him in Beijing.
Then a few mornings ago I heard Meredith on the Today show say, “Debbie Phelps (mom) did it ALL BY HERSELF.” And that just rubbed me the wrong way. We all know that hardly any of these women are “doing it by themselves….” (they receive huge sums of child support and dad visits EOWE at the minimum.) But they sure do love to take the CREDIT for having been the “poor single muuuuuther”.
I found my answer, and I am extrapolating from it (this article was written prior to Athens Olympics I think)
Apparently I am correct. Its not MOM who is the “athlete” its DAD.
“Fred was a 165-pound defensive back in high school, but went 190 as a college freshman. He said he didn’t need the extra weight to leave an impression.”
“At Fairmont State College in West Virginia, Fred studied physical education and set school records for interceptions in a season and, after he was steered to track and field by a football assistant, the triple jump.”
Michael Fred Phelps II (yes named after DAD) has two older sisters, Whitney and Hilary who were both swimmers first. Michael grew up at the pool watching the sisters.
According to sister Hilary:
“When we started, my dad would be up at 4 a.m. on the mornings I had 5:30 practice,” Hilary said.
“Whitney, 23, accepted a scholarship to the University of Nevada Las Vegas, competed sparingly there as a freshman and sophomore, then ended her career. She returned to the area in late summer, lives with her father and stepmother, Jackie.”
“Father and son, both proud men, one 53 and the other 18, have not spoken since Michael’s high school graduation party. Whether real or perceived, slights had been simmering.
Fred remarried one week before the 2000 Olympic final in the 200 butterfly. He and Jackie went to Sydney, where Fred had a pep talk with Michael after the semifinals. They went to the Duel in the Pool, but not to Barcelona for this summer’s world championships, where Michael’s status covered some of the travel expenses for Debbie and Hilary.
Overseas trips are costly, but Fred also did not go to the U.S. Summer Nationals in College Park last August.
Both say calls to the other have not been returned.
“There are reasons, and I really don’t want to get into that,” Michael said, when asked about being estranged from his father. Pressed, Michael said: “He didn’t call me after I set my first world record [in 2001]. He didn’t call me after Barcelona.”
“Two days after he graduated,” Fred said, “he said he didn’t want me to go to Barcelona because I hadn’t been around. This is his world, and I’m just watching him travel through it. People ask me how he’s doing, where he’s swimming next, and it’s hard to say that I don’t know.”
This all comes from the article above.
Here’s my theory on this, knowing what I know as a second wife and dealing with severely PASed children. Debbie spent the years post divorce PASing this kid. Once he turned 18 he shut dad out and it was encouraged. It didn’t help that dad finally remarried and Mom hadn’t. So her son, her baby boy sided with her and turned on his dad.
I read somewhere else that Fred Phelps was there at practice when Michael’s his coach said, “if Michael will focus he can go on to the Olympics” (this happened after he won a race at 11…the divorce was at 8 yrs. so dad was THERE, involved STILL at 11 yrs.)
Dad wasn’t a deadbeat or absentee, there’s a campaign going on against him to erase his MAJOR contribution. Without DAD, I don’t think there would be a Michael Fred Phelps II. KWIM? And yet he gets NO credit. None.
I’m not debating that Phelps had to practice and work hard to get where he is, and without a doubt he’s a super athlete, but there is certainly a genetic component as well as the support of family too.
What’s your take on this? Where’s Phelp’s dad? Even if he stopped visiting, was it because he WANTED to or because mom made him so miserable all the time that he couldn’t/didn’t want to deal with the stress? It appears that he tried to be involved with the kids. I’d sure like to know more about this story. How about you?
Fred Phelps, what’s your story? I sure would like to hear DAD’s side of things…..